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Former UKZN chancellor graduates with master’s
From graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the erstwhile University of Natal in 1982 to serving the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) as the second Chancellor from 2009 to 2017, graduating again at the age of 68 is no mean feat for Dr Zweli Mkhize... Read more
Novel study raises hope for eradicating gonorrhoea
Dr Deshanta Naicker (29) said she was thrilled to obtain her PhD in Medicine, which resulted from new South African research she undertook at the University of Kwazulu-Natal on combating the bacterial sexually transmitted infection (STI) gonorrhoea. Her study investigated a “reverse vaccinology” approach and alternative therapeutics to combat... Read more
Defying poverty to graduate as a medical doctor summa cum laude
06 May 2024 was not a normal day for Dr Thembelihle Angel Maziya, who graduated as the only black female of 14 students who completed UKZN’s difficult MBChB programme summa cum laude. The 24-year-old Highveld Secondary School matriculant from a small village called Tjakastad in Mpumalanga province said she... Read more
Close to UKZN 8,000 graduands to be honoured
The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is set to honour and celebrate a total of 7,795 graduands at its upcoming 2024 Autumn Graduation which will be spread across 16 ceremonies scheduled from May 6th to May 14th, 2024 at the Westville Campus Sports Centre. Of the qualifications to be conferred,... Read more
Clear skies for top medical student, Dr Maseeha Ismael Bhorat
‘I am fully certain that the only reason I am where I am today, is because of the thousand-thread-count support system I have in my family and friends,’ said ecstatic Crawford College La Lucia’s 2017 matriculant and UKZN’s class of 2023 top medical student, Dr Maseeha Ismael Bhorat. ‘They... Read more
SAPREF donates 12th science laboratory to Mbambangwe High School
Christmas cheer came early for Mbambangwe High School in Amanzimtoti as it embarked on its journey to reach a 100% pass rate. The state-of-the-art science laboratory was donated to the school by SAPREF and the official opening ceremony was held on 5 December 2023. “This donation forms part of... Read more
Masters for UKZN educator triumphs over advertising
Ms Sandhia Ganesh, a full-time English teacher at a boys’ school in KwaZulu-Natal, is graduating with a master’s degree in Gender Studies. Ganesh is an advocate for life-long learning, evident within her own journey. It has always been her ambition to further her academic studies and considers her latest... Read more
RSSAf honours UKZN’s Prof Vincent Nyamori
The Royal Society of South Africa (RSSAf) has honoured Professor of Inorganic Chemistry and Material Science Vincent Nyamori with a Fellowship (FRSSAf) for his outstanding contributions to furthering science in South Africa. Nyamori is committed to the profession of chemical sciences, where his scientific research has accrued distinction and... Read more
UKZN-based Africa Health Research Institute secures R1,6 bn
Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) based in the University of KwaZulu-Natal, is delighted to announce a R1,6 bn ($90,9m) award from Wellcome Trust. The seven-year grant will support AHRI’s pioneering scientific research toward achieving its vision, which is the optimal health and well-being of under-resourced populations. Located at the... Read more
More than 100 women with disabilities receive learnerships
119 women with disabilities, from rural and semi-rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal, will receive learnerships and employment opportunities as part of the Health and Welfare Sector Education and Training Authority’s Disability Learnership Programmes. HWSETA today launched two Disability Learnership Programmes at Uvongo Town Hall, in a month when we pay... Read more

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